from The Great Debate:

How to arm Ukraine without starting World War Three

By Steven Pifer
February 18, 2015

Members of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic army collect parts of a destroyed Ukrainian army tank in the town of Vuhlehirsk, west of Debaltseve

Members of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic army collect parts of a destroyed Ukrainian army tank in Vuhlehirsk, about 10 km (6 miles) west of Debaltseve, February 16, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

from The Great Debate:

Two crises and one hapless ‘savior’ in Europe

By John Lloyd
February 13, 2015

A newly mobilized soldier trains with a weapon at the 169th training center of Ukrainian ground forces "Desna" in the Chernihiv region

A newly mobilized soldier trains with a weapon at the 169th training center of Ukrainian ground forces "Desna" in the Chernihiv region, Feb. 13, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

from MacroScope:

G20 treads familiar ground

By Mike Peacock
February 10, 2015

OECD Secretary General Gurria casts his shadow on the podium as he speaks during a news conference in the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Istanbul

G20 finance ministers and central bankers meeting in Istanbul will pledge to act decisively on monetary and fiscal policy if needed to combat the risk of  stagnation, according to a draft communique obtained by Reuters last night. As has been customary at these summits, a lot of the discussion implicitly centres on Germany.

from The Great Debate:

Signs of desperation in West’s latest moves to halt Ukraine crisis

By Lucian Kim
February 9, 2015

Ukrainian servicemen launch a Grad rocket towards pro-Russian separatist forces outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen launch a Grad rocket towards pro-Russian separatist forces outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine Feb. 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Chernyshev

from MacroScope:

Tsipras not for turning

By Mike Peacock
February 9, 2015

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras delivers his first major speech in parliament in Athens

Alexis Tsipras is not for turning, not yet anyway.

Speaking in parliament on Sunday night the new Greek premier said he would not accept an extension to Greece's current bailout, something the euro zone is urging him to do, and stuck with austerity-ending pledges such as giving free food and electricity to those who need it, reinstating civil servants who had been fired as part of bailout conditions and raising the minimum wage. Privatisations have already been halted.

from MacroScope:

Last-ditch Ukraine truce bid

By Mike Peacock
February 6, 2015

Members of the armed forces of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic gather near a building destroyed during battles with the Ukrainian armed forces in Vuhlehirsk

After flying to Kiev to present a new peace plan, Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Francois Hollande will be in Moscow today for talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

from MacroScope:

Rampant inflation to keep Russian central bank tight

By Mike Peacock
January 30, 2015

Russian roubles are seen in this illustration picture taken in Moscow

Russia’s central bank meets having shoved interest rates up to an eye-watering 17 percent late last year.
The central bank has said rates can only come down if inflation was trending lower. It was running above 11 percent last month and the government expects it to peak at 17 percent.

from Breakingviews:

ECB, Syriza have broken euro zone’s German spell

January 27, 2015

By Pierre Briançon

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from MacroScope:

Clean sweep for Draghi?

By Mike Peacock
January 23, 2015

European Central Bank President Draghi and Vice President Constancio leave after addressing an ECB news conferenc in Frankfurt

Mario Draghi’s peerless track record of eliciting the market response he wants remains unblemished after the ECB’s quantitative easing surprised on the upside – at 60 billion euros a month for at least 19 months it will exceed 1 trillion euros.

from MacroScope:

Crunch time

By Mike Peacock
January 22, 2015

ECB President Draghi addresses during ECB news conference in Frankfurt

The biggest policy decision of the year? The first U.S. interest rate rise may trump it whenever it comes and the Swiss National Bank has set the bar pretty high but an awful lot hangs on what the European Central Bank comes up with today.